Dating a former patient

(e) When physicians see content posted by colleagues that appears unprofessional they have a responsibility to bring that content to the attention of the individual, so that he or she can remove it and/or take other appropriate actions.If the behavior significantly violates professional norms and the individual does not take appropriate action to resolve the situation, the physician should report the matter to appropriate authorities.The Internet has created the ability for medical students and physicians to communicate and share information quickly and to reach millions of people easily.Participating in social networking and other similar Internet opportunities can support physicians’ personal expression, enable individual physicians to have a professional presence online, foster collegiality and camaraderie within the profession, provide opportunity to widely disseminate public health messages and other health communication.In the event the patient is a minor, the explanation shall be given to the parent or legal guardian.The chiropractic physician must ensure that the patient comprehends the necessity for such examination; Making sexual comments about a patient's body or underclothing, making sexualized or sexually demeaning comments to a patient, criticizing the patient's sexual orientation, or making comments about potential sexual performance; The initiation of, consent to, or participation in sexual misconduct with a chiropractic physician by a patient does not change the nature of the conduct or negate the prohibitions contained in this rule. An individual remains a patient until the doctor-patient relationship is terminated regardless if the individual is not actively receiving professional services from a chiropractic physician.Sexual contact between a chiropractic physician and a former patient after termination of the doctor-patient relationship may still constitute sexual misconduct if the contact is the result of the exploitation of trust, knowledge, or influence of emotions derived from the doctor-patient relationship.

The harms are so clear that our code, like the codes of all major mental health organizations, absolutely prohibits such involvements.If you are found guilty of professional misconduct due to a boundary violation, penalties can include: Engaging in sexual activity with a patient, making sexual remarks, touching a patient in a sexual way or engaging in sexual behaviour in front of a patient are all sexual misconduct, regardless of whether the patient consents.If another practitioner forms a “reasonable belief” that you have engaged in sexual misconduct, they must report you to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), under mandatory reporting requirements.Having healthy relationships is a key factor in maintaining your health and wellbeing and this includes having good professional relationships with your patients.But be careful that you don’t cross those professional boundaries into more dangerous territory.

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